ripple effect

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An analogy to the spreading ripples on a body of water after an object has struck the surface.


ripple effect (plural ripple effects)

  1. The circumstance in which one event instigates an expansive set of other events.
    • 2016, Liz Nugent, Lying In Wait, →ISBN, page 115:
      Whatever had happened to her, her behaviour had ripple effects that were still causing upset and grief nearly five years later.
    Defaults in America's mortgage lending businesses are causing a ripple effect through the major banks in other continents.


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